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Government has failed to tackle fast fashion, despite the problem worsening, says report

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A woman demonstrates against fast fashion (image credit: Stefan Müller (climate stuff) , CC BY 2.0 license ).

Call for countries to support a moratorium on deep-sea mining

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Hoplostethus crassispinus is related to the Orange Roughy, or deep sea perch. A rule that will allow deep seabed mining to start, even though environmental protections are not in place, was triggered in late June, exposing the deep ocean to potentially serious harm.


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Public debate on water pollution “oversimplified”, believes expert panel

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The rise of citizen science is placing increasing pressure on water companies to improve their environmental performance and protect river and bathing water quality.

Local Leaders and mayors call for power shift to meet net zero

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Local leaders gathered in Birmingham on 13 July (image credit: Mac McCreery , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license ). A communiqué signed by UK mayors and local leaders calls for a ‘power shift’ from Whitehall so that local and regional authorities can deliver Net Zero.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Sponsored content: Dive deeper into your gas detection data – 3 steps to improve worker safety

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This article contains paid-for content created in collaboration with. Blackline Safety Europe. By: Ian White, Product Marketing Manager, Blackline Safety Europe.

Progress made but too many still falling short, says EA on environmental performance of water and sewerage firms

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The EA’s downbeat appraisal made frequent reference to Southern Water’s record-breaking £90 million fine announced in early July, for sewage discharges believed to have caused significant damage to ecosystems along coastlines including that near the mouth of the Solent, pictured (image credit: James Stringer , CC BY-NC 2.0 license).

Mapping data used for air-pollution postcode checker

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Recently-launched water filtration and air purification company Aqua Perfecta is developing a UK postcode checker for customers to measure air pollution and help the company offer advice on air purifying products.

Taming the black gold

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Researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Toronto believe they have developed a sustainable and economical way to recover oil from ultra-cold industrial wastewater and oil spills.

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A new level of magnification?

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Experiments using crystalline “supermirrors” at the University of Vienna promise to open up entirely new possibilities for trace gas detection in environmental science and medicine.

Preparing for COP26

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The UN Climate Change Conference is only a few months away, and to say that expectations are high would be an understatement. A panel discussion in May brought together representatives from UK engineering and finance to offer their two cents. What are the big priorities for COP?

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Is global plastic pollution nearing an irreversible tipping point?

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Catching a big blue barrel floating on the ocean surface in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch from the German research vessel SONNE during expedition SO268/3 crossing the North Pacific Ocean from Vancouver to Singapore in summer, 2019 (image credit: ©Roman Kroke UFZ).

9-11 responders with the greatest exposure to toxic dust have a higher likelihood of liver disease

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Image credit: Wally Gobetz , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license ).

Major milestone reached for international grass-roots waste management platform

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One of the projects, AACEAM Ambiental, collects plastics from the Amazon rivers and other natural areas, and sorts and recycles it. All aboard with AACEAM Ambiental.

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World’s most powerful tidal turbine launches in Dundee

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What looks set to be the world’s most powerful operational tidal turbine was launched on Earth Day, Thursday 22 April, from the port of Dundee. The 2MW tidal turbine, the Orbital O2, has been under construction since 2019 and it was developed by Scottish firm Orbital Marine Power (Orbital).

Recycling e-waste should be a legal requirement in the EU, says report

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Recovering the critical raw materials residing within electronic waste will require investment, and a legal framework to incentivise this will be essential, say the authors (image credit: Steve Janosik , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license).

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Insights from the zebrafish could help humans reach Mars

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Studying the zebrafish could advance efforts to reach Mars, say researchers, by understanding how a form of hibernation, known as induced torpor (a state of reduced metabolic activity) may provide radio-protective effects.

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‘Stressed’ trees share resources to overcome environmental challenges

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A length of steel pipe and a heart monitor are the unlikely tools underpinning new research which suggests that trees may work together to form resource-sharing networks, helping the group collectively overcome environmental challenges.

Sponsored content: Connected safety’s role in oil & gas sustainability

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In recent years, connected technology has grown in popularity in the consumer space, from tracking a delivery on our phones to monitoring our heart rate on our wrists.

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Can hiring equipment bridge a skills gap?

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The UK skills shortage has been amplified as a result of COVID-19, according to research which has apparently found that site managers are not confident in the ability of their team to operate or fix a steam boiler.

Measuring methane at landfill sites using drones

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Viridor is working with UAV expert High Compliance, to understand the flight characteristics required for effective methane emissions surveys.

First of its kind study examines the impact of ocean noise pollution on Ireland’s marine life

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Ireland’s first real-time acoustic monitoring project of cetacean species (whales, dolphins and porpoise) was launched last week off the South Coast of Ireland, with the goal of creating a near real-time detection model for these species and examining the impact rising ocean noise pollution is having on Ireland’s marine life.

Microplastics from textiles damage lung cells, finds study

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Microplastics from textiles may inhibit the lung’s ability to repair damage caused by conditions such as COVID-19, according to research findings released on 24 February.

Boost action and diplomacy to combat ‘clear and present danger’ to nature, says peers statement

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Image credit: mouli choudari , CC BY 2.0 license ). Britain can do much more to help to save species from extinction and protect nature worldwide, peers have said as countries prepare for talks aimed at halting global biodiversity losses.

Green light for first hydrogen blending on a public gas network

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Image credit: Nenad Stojkovic , CC BY 2.0 license ).

World’s first dedicated clean hydrogen investment fund launches

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Hydrogen fuel dispenser at a transport refueling station in Aachen, Germany in January 2020 (image credit: Alexander Kirch / Shutterstock.com). A unique private infrastructure fund dedicated to delivering clean hydrogen infrastructure projects at scale has been launched.

Colonial Pipeline: Details emerge of landmark cyber-security breach

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A tank farm facility for Colonial Pipeline outside Birmingham, Alabama, in 2007 (image credit: chapstickaddict , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license ).

UK announces funding for jet fuel production from household waste and sewage

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Planes refueling at Edinburgh Airport (image credit: Mike McBey , CC BY 2.0 license ). SAF to be produced across the UK including Tees Valley, Ellesmere Port and Lincolnshire.

Grab your camera or phone and help create a new film, says forestry group

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Apple Forest, Tien Shan, Kazakhstan (2007) (image credit: Forestry England/Crown copyright). Forestry England is inviting colleagues from across the forestry industry to help create Treeline – a new film by international artist Ruth Maclennan about forests and the climate emergency.

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Reusing 10% will stop almost half of plastic waste From entering the ocean, says WEF

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A Northern gannet: plastic is often found in the stomachs of sea birds (image credit: Thomas Haeusler , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license ). It is possible to prevent almost half of annual plastic ocean waste by reusing just 10% of plastics products.

Sponsored content: Rigid trucks tick all the boxes for sludge transportation

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Logistics specialist Suttons Tankers has taken delivery of 14 new Volvo FMXs, the first rigids to join its fleet, after seemingly being impressed by the performance of a demonstrator supplied by local dealer Thomas Hardie Commercials.

Rubber modified asphalt is a proven circular solution, says report

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A new report claims to find that rubber modified asphalt is a resilient pavement solution to rebuild roadways, as well as offering a promising sustainable and circular end-of-life market for scrap tires.

Funding for plastic recycling tech

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Image: Shutterstock.com/Dusit Kachatong. Greenback Recycling Technologies , a company striving to develop circular solutions for packaging waste, has closed an approximately £8m series A financing round.

Sponsored Content: Environmentally-friendly spill control

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This article contains paid-for conten t created in collaboration with Fentex. For any industry that works with liquids, a spill control plan should be in place, says spills control specialist Fentex.

Sponsored content: Hospital-grade air purifier makes Newsweek’s list of Best Infection Prevention Products 2021

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Rensair’s patented technology was developed to meet the stringent air quality requirements of Scandinavian hospitals. Air purification specialist Rensair has been included in Newsweek ’s list of Best Infection Prevention Products 2021.

Utility sponsors garden at flower show, to showcase climate adaptation possibilities

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Plants have been chosen for their resilience to extremes of weather. United Utilities has sponsored a garden at the RHS Tatton Flower Show, in a bid to give visitors ideas for making outdoor spaces better able to cope with too much or too little rain.

Water industry “shifting to outcome-based strategy”

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Hornsey water treatment works, operated by Thames Water (image credit: diamond geezer , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license ).

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The carbon capture race, and what it means for jobs

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Image credit: Berkeley Lab , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license ). How big a challenge is presented by the task of removing CO2 from the atmosphere in accordance with climate targets? How far have we progressed to date? And what kinds of skills will meeting this challenge require?

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Air pollution risks health of all, especially drivers, says TfL report

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Photo credit: Yuri Turkov/Shutterstock.com. The Mayor of London has today published a report on the impact of coronavirus on London bus drivers. Green Party London Assembly Member Caroline Russell said: “I was really concerned to see today’s worrying report on bus driver deaths from coronavirus.

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Scotland’s bathing waters start 2021 season with 94% achieving strict environmental standards

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SEPA said improvement projects have had a positive impact at beaches with historically poor classifications, including Sandyhills beach in Dumfries and Galloway (image credit: James Johnstone , CC BY 2.0 license ).

Plastic waste has some economic benefit for developing countries

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Collecting waste in Lubango, Angola (image credit: Carsten ten Brink , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license ).

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Making clean hydrogen from sunlight: Texas group claims important advance

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The team’s experimental water-splitting apparatus (image credit: Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin).